Alkohol och diabetes

Which Alcohol Has Lowest Sugar Content?

Red Wines

Sugar conscious drinkers can indulge in red wines, since reds do not tend to be as sweet as white varieties. As a general rule of thumb, the dryer the wine, the less sugar the type has, and the sweeter the wine, the more sugar it has. Dry red wines include:

  • Merlot
  • Zinfandel
  • Cabernet Sauvigon
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah

These types have little to no sugar in them.

Dry White Wines

Dry wines are safe choices as far as sugar content goes. The reason why red wines are considered to have lower sugar content in general is because while dry reds and whites are generally the same as far as sugar goes, sweet white wines tend to have more sugar than sweet red wines. Types of dry whites include:

  • Pinot Gris
  • Chardonnay
  • Riesling

Dry Sherries

Sherry is also in the wine family, although it is a wine served mixed with another type of liquor, usually brandy. Once again, the sweeter the sherry, the more sugar the type contains. Dry varieties include:

  • Fino
  • Manzanilla
  • Amontillado
  • Olorosco

Buyers should be careful when purchasing and consuming Amontillado and Olorsco, though, because both types are often sold sweetened as well. Furthermore, since Sherry is wine mixed with other alcohol, drinkers need to note if their liquor of choice has a high sugar content.

Dry Light Beers

So far, it seems that only wine lovers can indulge in low sugar options! However, that is not the case. Dry light beers are suitable for sugar conscious drinkers as well. Lagers in particular are generally low sugar, and include varieties such as:

  • Pilsners
  • Ambers
  • Bocks
  • Midnight Dragon
  • Crazy Horse

That is by no means a comprehensive list, and people can check for a list at their local pub or brewery.

Liquor Options

Whiskey, gin, and vodka are all rather low in sugar. However, the major problem is that some drinkers are not careful about what they mix their liquor with. Cranberry and vodka is a fairly popular drink these days, and some may be fooled because vodka is not infested with sugar. However, one only needs to read the label on a bottle of cranberry juice mixer to realize why cranberry and vodka is not exactly the healthiest option.

Alcohols to Avoid

In addition to knowing which alcohol has the lowest sugar content, people who are wary of sugar in their drinks should also know which beverages to avoid. As aforementioned, any wine that is sweet will obviously contain sugar. Checking with a local winery or dietary guide will explain exactly how much sugar is in that one drink. Furthermore, as the name tends to imply, dessert wines are the highest in sugar content of all the wines.

Other drinks to avoid include:

  • Sweet sherries
  • Port wine
  • Dark and/or heavy sweetened beers such as stout or porter varieties
  • Wine coolers
  • Liqueurs such as Malibu
  • After dinner cordials
  • Certain cocktails
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Even though some alcohols are suitable for individuals watching their sugar intake, extra measures need to be taken in order to completely avoid sugar in alcohol. Some drinks are served with garnishes that could potentially contain sugar, while others are rather safe in their pure form, but become sugar infested when mixed with certain juices or sodas. Margaritas, for example, traditionally come with salt on the rim, but sugar is rapidly becoming a popular option as well.

Also, people need to be aware of what goes into their drinks. Ask a frequent Long Island iced tea drinker what exactly goes into the concoction, and he or she may very well have no idea. In fact, the beverage is comprised of:

  • Vodka
  • Tequila
  • Rum
  • Gin
  • Triple sec
  • Sweet and sour mix
  • Soda

The sugar count is clearly high from the presence of the last two ingredients alone. If a person does not know what is in a drink, how can he or she possibly know how much sugar is present?

Furthermore, just because some alcohols are low in sugar content, people should not go on alcohol drinking binges. Sugar intake increases with each drink, as do other potentially serious risks of drinking alcohol.

Author: Jen Marx

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